Three passengers, among them a six-year-old boy, were killed and nine suffered injuries when 14 coaches of the Patna-bound Vasco Da Gama-Patna Express derailed at Manikpur railway station in Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh, after 4 am on Friday.
The Railway Ministry has announced an ex-gratia of Rs.5 lakh to the kin of the deceased, Rs.1 lakh to those with grave injuries and Rs.50,000 for the injured. "Ashwani Lohani, railway board chairman, has been asked to rush to the spot", he said.
At least three people were killed and nine injured after 13 coaches of the express train jumped the rails near Manikpur railway station in in the early hours today.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today expressed grief over the death of passengers in a train derailment in Chitrakoot district. At 7.19 pm on Thursday, a local train hit a Bolero at an unmanned level crossing near Amethi in Uttar Pradesh, killing four people and injuring two at Matha Bhusunda village, an official said.
The third person succumbed to his injuries later. He could not be identified immediately. Three of the accidents were reported from Uttar Pradesh and one from Odisha.
Railway officials are on the spot and investigating the reasons that led to the accident. In the aftermath of the derailment, movement of trains was disrupted on the Patna-Allahabad route. The year 2017 has witnessed several train derailments.
In a separate incident in Uttar Pradesh's Amethi, a local train hit a Bolero auto, killing four and injuring two.